This is an ultraviolet image of Pleiades, a cluster of young
stars in the constellation Taurus, visible during fall and winter
in the Northern Hemisphere. The 10-degree-by-10-degree image was
taken with a wide-field ultraviolet camera on board a recently
launched satellite called the Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX).
Seen as a tiny dipper of stars with the naked eye, the Pleiades
contains about 120 stars that all formed at the same time, about
50 million years ago. The cluster (also called the Seven Sisters)
spans 2 degrees of the sky in a region 7 light years in diameter
and 400 light years from Earth.
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Ultraviolet View of Young Stars
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